Rain is a very common occurrence in most parts of the world. It brings life to Earth, allowing plants and entire ecosystems to prosper. However, in the case of home ownership, too much rain can bring trouble and even demise to the integrity of the entire building. This is why it’s important to have a functioning and well-designed rainwater and gutter system around your building. In this article we’ll talk about the pros and cons, as well as give some interesting facts about rainwater near your home.
First Things First – Pros of a Well-Working Rainwater System
Rainwater is great for plants, for animals and for nature, in general. However, if there’s too much of it, the rainwater is not great for your house. Rainwater is soaked in and collected by various structures in your house. It also can creep under the floor or pavement and finds its way into the foundation. Over time, water can accumulate and cause damage, forcing different pieces of the construction to wither, deteriorate or outright break. This is why you need a solution that prevents water-build up.
A rainwater system with gutters will stop most rainwater from accumulating and harming your house.
Avoid rust and mold ahead of time, prevent damage to your roof and the foundation, even.
The Cons of a Well-Working Rainwater System
We have to admit that there are negatives and drawbacks to installing a rainwater system as well. One of those is having to unclog it every once in a while. Due to leaves, debris and other rubbish falling from the roof or the nearby trees, or blown there by the wind, you have to unclog and maintain it every once in a while.
Furthermore, it is an investment and requires spending, in order to be installed. An if chosen wrongly, a rainwater system can harm the overall aesthetic of a house.
However, if you choose high quality systems like Ruukki or Pruszynski, there are many options which will provide decent enough aesthetics.
Interesting Things to Know About Rainwater Systems
Top of the range metal system parts are made from galvanized steel, covered with polyurethane. Such a finish ensures that the color of the rainwater pipes and drains remains the same for a long time, regardless of the weather conditions.
Zinc is also used to coat the systems and it also protects them from corrosion (rust).
Your rainwater system can also be harvest water or not. A harvesting rainwater system can not only catch and drain, but also collect the excess rainwater. Through a combination of filters and cleverly laid out pipes, you can harvest and store rainwater which can later be used for watering plants or other domestic needs. Such systems cost a lot more, but they’re much better for the environment and also can save you a lot of money down the road.